All Blog Posts Tagged 'participation' (14)

Community Participation In Emergency Response - April 14 to April 20, 2013 in Berlin, Germany

A primary responsibility of the humanitarian aid community is to construct or rehabilitate basic infrastructures essential to access, shelter, and the provision of life sustaining services in the most critical of circumstances. This work often has to be carried out on an emergency basis in far from ideal circumstances. This course will provide advanced knowledge on community structures, resources and skills, participatory models of intervention, and the technical requirements for the…

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Added by IIHA on January 24, 2013 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Who are the experts?

Cross-posting from my personal blog Baking Powder for Change.

 

Zehra has invited me some weeks ago to write a post for the blog series from the Women's Refugee Commission (WRC):…

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Added by Soledad Muñiz on October 2, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments

Want me to listen? Tell me a story.

If you've ever had any doubts that international aid or global health is a business, then one visit to an International AIDS Conference will clear them away. Between the free frozen yogurt from big pharma and bookend speeches from the Clintons, it was hard to ignore what a "sexy" disease HIV was last week in Washington D.C.…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on August 1, 2012 at 6:48am — No Comments

Why I support isolated aid workers across the globe and so should you!

Rich countries delivered $3.2 trillion of aid to poor countries between 1960 and 2008 (World Bank, 2011). Yet only 36% of aid workers think projects achieve their intended impact (McKinsey & Devex, 2011).

Aid recipients agree, calling for a change in aid’s business model—from that of delivery of goods and…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on May 9, 2012 at 5:46pm — No Comments

The Case of the Missing Tomato Cages

I've often said that it was easier for me to move to rural Zimbabwe than to Detroit. When people ask me why this farm-girl-turned-aid-worker devoted myself to placing community-driven development initiatives at the forefront of aid, here’s why:…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on May 7, 2012 at 5:22pm — No Comments

Does international aid need a 12-step program?

“Let go and let God.” It’s a mantra of Alcoholics Anonymous. And after the last week or so, I’m wondering if it’s time for international aid to adopt the same approach to recovery (with more politically correct secular references of course).

Last week I attended the “Summit for Aid Effectiveness in Global…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on May 5, 2012 at 4:07am — No Comments

Whom do I actually serve?

Andebo Pax Pascal shares his experience as an aid worker in Africa’s newest country in his second guest post By examining beneficiaries’ place (or lack thereof) in two projects, he explores whether the development discourse has drifted into the abstract, beyond those he serves.

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The idea of different categories of people--donors, government representatives,…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on April 1, 2012 at 6:11am — No Comments

Cowboys & Farmers

When I was a girl, I wanted a horse, sooooo bad. Every Christmas, every birthday, I had but one request.

“Please, Dad, I just want a horse.”

“There are no horses on pig farms,” my father would flatly respond.

But maybe my cowgirl dreams have finally come true. Because now…this farmer’s daughter is working for the cowboys.…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on March 20, 2012 at 6:57pm — No Comments

Focus on the HOW

"It is the how that creates impact." ~Daniela Papi of PEPY Tours

I couldn't have explained it better myself.

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on March 15, 2012 at 9:57am — No Comments

Searching for Closure: A Kony2012 Postscript

Solome Lemma (@InnovateAfrica) and I hosted a live discussion today to reflect together on the issues that came up from our posts on #StopKony. Sharing an excerpt below. Photo below by Joop…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on March 12, 2012 at 5:12pm — No Comments

How to Work in Someone Else’s Country (A Book Review)

Do you have a colleague that just won’t shut up about the fight he’s having with his sibling over their family's vacation home? Or one who dressed way too provocatively when you were on that field visit last week? What about the person who constantly blames everything that doesn’t go their way on the incapacity or corruption of “the locals”?

We have all worked with these people. Perhaps we have even been these people at times. We didn’t know any better…until we did.…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on March 4, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Logframes….errrgh!

1. ergh: used when in a state of disgust, confusion, frustration, or convulsion. "ergh, I just threw up all over the keyboard." "ergh, that's wrong." (from Urban Dictionary)

It’s proposal purgatory time at the aid agency where I’m currently working. And one of the joys, the inescapable joys of this time, is completing the accompanying …

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on February 26, 2012 at 6:27pm — No Comments

How to build strong relationships with grassroots organizations

Re-posting this series from the early days of how-matters.org

Adapted from: The Barefoot Collective. (2009). The Barefoot Guide to Working with Organizations and Social Change. Cape Town: Community Development Resource Association. www.barefootguide.org

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In order to build authentic relationships with grassroots organizations, these qualities,…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on February 23, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

On Love & Justice: A Valentine's Day Reflection

We don’t talk about our hearts nearly enough in international aid and philanthropy. But this Valentine’s Day seems like a good time to do so. Our hearts draw us to this work, and if we keep them open enough, they are what tie us to this work when the frustrations and obstacles seem insurmountable.

A community leader and member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska,…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on February 14, 2012 at 3:08pm — No Comments

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